Meet Jonathan, the 189-year-old tortoise photographed in 1886 and today

Humans outlive the majority of other animals! However, tortoises are one of the few exceptions to this rule. Incredibly, these reptiles can live into their twilight years. So, allow us to introduce you to a gentleman who is nearly two hundred years old.


Jonathan, a 187-year-old giant tortoise, is currently the world’s oldest terrestrial animal. Jonathan was born in 1832 on the island of Saint Helena, Seychelles, and currently lives in the Plantation House with the governor.


More than a century ago, scientists were able to photograph this reptile for the very first time. Jonathan was first photographed in 1886. The fact that the years have passed him by without altering his appearance is truly amazing. It goes without saying that the tortoise in that photograph was at least 54 years old at the time of the photograph.

Jonathan is still a kid at heart, and he shows it in his demeanor and demeanor. Doctors have, however, noted signs of aging despite all of this. They say he’s losing his ability to see and smell. To maintain his physique, Jonathan adheres to a strict diet. Dr. Hollins supplements his diet with higher-calorie food once a week because he is no longer consuming enough grass on his own.

It’s fascinating to see a photo of Jonathan from 1902 next to his current portrait.

Take a look at this adorable creature as it bathes in the video below: